GLI at the UN

girls at the unPassionate about girls’ rights? Want a chance to make your voice heard at the United Nations? Apply to be a Delegate at the UN Commission on the Status of Women, an annual conference called the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) at the beginning of March.

Each year GLI brings a delegation of students and adults to the CSW. As GLI Delegates, students actively participate in six full days of workshops, panels, and presentations in and around the UN. Students speak about girls’ human rights and draft position statements for the CSW, outlining their stances and suggestions on universal girls’ education, violence prevention, human rights, and related issues. They also speak and moderate panels and report on events. In other words, they’re not just sitting on the sidelines – they’re fully engaged in all parts of the conference!

Student Delegates must be members of an active GLI Chapter, available for the entire week of the CSW, and 16 years old (a UN requirement to obtain a grounds pass.) Learn more about the CSW by contacting Ashley Steimer-King, asteimerking (at) feminist.org.

Check out quotes from past CSW Delegates:

“Getting to go to CSW is an amazing experience because I get to meet girls from all over the world, and voice my opinions on things that matter to me. It’s my favorite week of the year!” – Rebecca Gudzy, Delegate at CSW58 and CSW59

“The CSW was a life changing experience for me. Being there allowed me to see the global plight of women at all levels of society, and what I as a male can do to combat that.” –  Francesco Wengrod, CSW Delegate

“My CSW experience was invaluable because of the inspiration and motivation I received from not only foreign leaders who support gender equality, but also from the network of passionate young people who were so inclusive. The response I’ve received from my community about the CSW59 has been super positive and makes me even more proud to be a GLI Delegate!” – Lauren Rothschild, CSW delegate

“It was one of the most rewarding experiences of my life.”– Marie Murphy, CSW Delegate

Check out our photo gallery below for past years of CSW: